Goals, we all have them with varying degrees of how important they are to us. Some of you may have long-term retirement goals; others may have goals related to your personal life or to your health. But goals, and especially long-term ones, can be difficult to achieve. It's a lot of work and a kick butt plan if you want to nail it.
If you find yourself stuck and not making any progress (or making minimal progress) towards your goals, what are you to do? Here are some good strategies to get you unstuck and moving towards them.
Stop and Regroup
If you aren’t making progress towards your goals, then you need to stop and take stock. This doesn’t just mean a quick, 5-minute reflection. You have to sit down and seriously look at what is going on. Are you truly doing everything that you need to do to reach your goal? Are you doing things efficiently?
For example, if you aren’t following through on that goal for vacation, take a good look at your savings plan to make it happen and what roadblocks you are setting for booking it. Could you be doing something different or more? Are you eating out and grabbing coffees instead of putting the money into that travel savings account? These are the sorts of things that you need to be thinking about.
Break Those Larger Goals Down Even Smaller
Sometimes the reason it seems like you are making such little progress is because the goal is too big. When you set massive goals for yourself, you need to be prepared to make only a bit of progress on them. If you want to make more progress, then you should get into the habit of setting smaller goals. Instead of losing 50 lbs. a year, you instead set a goal to lose 2 lbs. a week. Instead of making a goal to save $100k over a year, you instead make a small goal to save $50 each week.
These small goals give you that mental advantage. $50 is doable right? That's literally 5 drinks at the Bucks a week and many people spend that easily. Saving $50 a week is packing your lunch and giving up the gourmet coffees. Yes, it's a sacrifice at first, but remember your big goal.
Maybe the Goals Were Wrong
Sometimes you just have to admit that you set the wrong goals. There is nothing wrong with admitting this; plenty of people set the wrong goals. The wrong thing is to keep going for something you don't even want and continue to fail.
For example, say you set a goal to run a 5k in 6 weeks, but you aren’t really in shape and you don't like to run. This would be an example of setting the wrong goal. Your goal should be to improve your fitness, then after that, you can decide if running is your jam. Likewise, if your goal is to retire, but your finances are a mess currently, then you need to change your goals.
Goals are important and accountability can be a big key. Maybe you need help setting appropriate goals you can achieve. Or maybe you need a more detailed plan.
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